Research Interests  [ Historical Linguistics ]

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definitionHistorical linguistics (also called diachronic linguistics) is the study of language change. It has five main concerns:
to describe and account for observed changes in particular languages;
to reconstruct the pre-history of languages and determine their relatedness, grouping them into language families (comparative linguistics);
to develop general theories about how and why language changes;
to describe the history of speech communities;
to study the history of words, i.e. etymology.

  • Osaka University
    Graduate School of Letters Division of Studies on Cultural Expressions  
  • Meiji University
    School of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences  
  • Osaka City University
    Graduate School of Literature and Human Sciences, Language and Culture Course  
  • Kyoto University
    Graduate School of Letters, Department of Literature, Graduate School of Letters  
    Associate Professor
  • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
    Research Fellow
  • The University of Tokyo
    Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Language and Information Sciences  
  • University of Tsukuba
    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences  
  • Toyo University
    Faculty of Business Administration, Department of Marketing, Toyo University  
  • Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
    College of Asia Pacific Studies  
  • Japan Women's University
    Faculty of Humanities